Fine-Art Photography - John William Brown
42B Federal Street - Newburyport, Ma
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jon@spiritofnewburyport.com

Updated April 28, 2016


Join us as we celebrate our Inn Street Artisans Revival of Yankee Homecoming. During this revival we will be featuring some of the finest talent from Newburyport and the surrounding areas in many different art forms including;

  • Artisans and Healing Arts as well as our very talented youth artists.
  • Inn Street and Buskers Stage, where you can enjoy local musicians and street performing entertainers of the area in which Inn Street and Market Square have become world famous for.
  • Inn Street Farmers Market and Culinary Arts
  • Non-Profit and Humanities exhibits

We are revitalizing Yankee Homecoming 2016 with the original intent and vision of Jack Frost, the man and artist who envisioned the very first Yankee Homecoming in 1958. A festival that was motivated and engineered by local business, community, and volunteers to serve as a revival of local, arts and craft co-creative, community based-sustainable economics.

It is Yankee Homecomings mission to support and give opportunities to the local co-creative sustainable economy driven by local small business and arts. This will give the community yet another opportunity to embrace its latest state designated ‘Historical Arts and Culture District’ buoyed by local artisans, craftspeople and farmers.

We encourage everyone to come and enjoy everything Yankee Homecoming has to offer.
For more information please see click here.




YANKEE HOMECOMING  

INN STREET ARTISANS REVIVAL 2016

July 30th-August 7th 2016 

Main Elements of the Revival

1. Nine days of Arts and Crafts featuring ‘Artists Row’ consisting of the finest Artisans, and Healing Arts from Newburyport and the surrounding area.

FEATURING; An outdoor ‘exhibit’ of the finest budding artist of Newburyport’s youth of ALL AGES.

2. Music - Inn Street Stage and the ‘buskers’ stage, consisting of the finest local musicians and street performing entertainers of the area of which INN ST and Market Square have become world famous for.

3. Agriculture - Local Farmers Market - Inn Street Farmers Market and Culinary Arts.

4. Small Business Group; Individual and Creative Entrepreneurialism

5. Non-Profit and Humanities exhibits

The purpose of proposing Inn Street Revival 2016 is for the following reasons;

1. It aligns with the original intent and vision of Jack Frost, the man and artist who envisioned the very first Yankee Homecoming in 1958, as a festival that was motivated and engineered by local business, community, and volunteers to serve as a revival of local, arts and crafts co-creative, community based- sustainable economics.

2. Gives an opportunity for the local co-creative sustainable economy driven by local small business, arts .

3. Gives an opportunity for the city to embrace its latest state designated ‘Historical Arts and Culture District’ buoyed by local artisans, craftspeople, and farmers.

4. Gives the city and Inn Street an opportunity to feature the Inn Street beautification and renovation project and the restoration of the Inn Street fountain, the latest demonstration of the historical evolutionary transformation of Inn Street and how this recreational element can co-exist with local business.

Artisan Revival Preliminary Outline
1-10-16

September 20, 2015

Inn Street Revival

By John Brown

 

In 1958, Jack Frost, a New England artist, put forth a vision for the first Yankee Homecoming. At the time, Newburyport was in dire economic straits. In that vision he expressed the intent for a festival that was motivated and engineered by business, community, and volunteers to serve as a revival of local, co-creative, community based- sustainable economics. In light of this morning’s Newburyport Daily News article entitled, “Inn Street Blues’ (August 2015 - on the so called "corporatization of Yankee Homecoming"), this original intent can never be more important to remember, and to embrace. It is with that vision in mind, alongside the completion of the initial phase of the Inn Street Renovation Project next spring, comes the vision for the Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival 2016.

YANKEE HOMECOMING -  INN STREET ARTISANS REVIVAL 2016

 

Three Main Elements of the Revival

 

1. A Week Long Arts and Crafts featuring ‘Artists Row’ consisting of the finest artisans from Newburyport and the surrounding area.

FEATURING; A Tunnel Gallery exhibit of the finest budding artist of Newburyports youth of ALL AGES.

2. Music - Inn Street Stage and the ‘buskers’ stage, consisting of the finest local musicians and street performing musicians of the area of which INN ST and Market square have become world famous for.

3. Agriculture - Local Farmers Market - Inn Street Farmers Revival 2016.

The purpose of proposing Inn Street Revival 2016 is for the following reasons;

 

1. It aligns with the original vision and intent of Yankee Homecoming, of which that .

intent for a festival that was motivated and engineered by business, community, and volunteers to serve as a revival of local, co-creative, community based- sustainable economics.

2. Gives and opportunity for the local co-creative sustainable economy driven by local arts and crafts a chance to supplement the corporate sponsorship, that DOES NOT align with the original intent and vision of Yankee Homecoming, nor the local and city ordinances that discourage corporate chain entities.

3. Gives an opportunity for the city to embrace more it’s ‘Historical Arts and Culture District designation buoyed by local artisans, craftspeople, and farmers.

4. Gives the city and Inn Street an opportunity to feature the Inn Street beautification and renovation project and the restoration of the Inn Street fountain, the latest demonstration of the historical evolutionary transformation of Inn Street and how this recreational element can and MUST co-exist with local business.

The city begins construction on the initial phase of the Inn Street beautification and renovation project with the restoration of the Inn Street fountain the week of September 21, 2015. It is slated to be completed and opened in the spring of 2016. Due to the ongoing and building tensions over the past few years of the corporatisation of Newburyport’s most revered festival, Yankee Homecoming, the proposal is brought forth for the main alternative avenue for supplementing the financial cost and sponsorship of the festival, giving the YH a foundation to build, incorporate, sponsor and celebrate more the original intent and vision of Jack Frost, the man and artist who envisioned the very first Yankee Homecoming in 1958, by bringing community involvement the driving force behind the festival. Build your foundation with local arts, crafts, and music, then get your brick and mortar business to participate with sidewalk presentations, add the farmer market and agricultural element to it that the Newburyport area is known for,... and now you have a real ol town block party that we can all celebrate in and be proud of!

 

INN STREET ARTISANS REVIVAL - 2016

 




The following are proposals that have been in the works from this web site over the years, first evolving in 2010 with the Diorama design and gifted to the Spirit of Newburyport by Joe Cmar. These proposals are ongoing and developing. More information will be posted as time allows.


Major Elements of the Inn Street Artisan Market and Merchant Community Garden

 

Inn Street Artisan Market

The heart of the artisan market would consist of a collaborative gallery/production studio in the sub level space of Inn Street. An expansion of city licenses could create a set of push-carts and kiosk for the artisan cooperative to display their products outdoors along the perimeter of the courtyard, creating a small scale outdoor market setting. The location and setting would serve as prime retail for the artisan and craft market to draw the best talent in the area and serve as a destination point for downtown Newburyport. The unique back entrances and windows of the State Street retail business would benefit and compliment the sub-level art galleries and courtyard market

Merchant Community Garden

The Inn Street Artisan Market Proposal allows Newburyport the opportunity of designing and incorporating a Merchant Sponsored Community Garden based on the principles of Permaculture. This principle of gardening and greening will transform Inn Street into a garden like recreational area, designed to demonstrate the vital link between local sustainable ecology and economy.

Performing Arts Stage
 The optional third component of the Artisan Market proposal includes a small-scaled ‘Inn Street Stage’ in the area that currently hosts performing art events during Yankee Homecoming festivities. This stage can be used to offer musical entertainment of local musicians, poetry recitals, readings, and theater performances on a co-ordinate schedule. The placement of the stage as well as the artisan pushcarts could be done in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce events during festivals and other organized events to include the market and contribute to entertainment and organizational venues.


Artisan Market

9-30-12 (Revised – 1-23-13)

Inn Street Artisan Market and Merchant Community Garden;

An idea whose time has come...

"North Shore's Art Throb (www.artthrob.com) publication employs diverse platforms, from traditional print to cutting-edge digital, in an effort to incubate a regional movement of sustainable communities invested in the arts, a local economy and cultural engagement." - Art Throb Mission Statement

      A sustainable creative economic movement that developed in SoHo Boston and Cambridge is now spreading to Salem and Beverly and the northshore. These projects beg the question; "It is time for these plans to be extended, enhanced and implemented into a Newburyport Artisan Market and community Garden within the proposed area of Inn Street? With the plans now being publicly revealed for the waterfront and frog pond, The Inn Street Market can be the next 'jewel in the crown' to be added.

Here's the Vision…

      Last August in its premier edition, ‘Art Throb’ magazine published an extensive interview with Salem's Mayor, Kim Driscoll, that outlines the plans for an urban renewal and master art plan for downtown Salem, including the area of 'Artist Row' and the pedestrian walkway (similar to Inn Street). These plans have been in the works since 2010. Over $100,000.00 in grants from the National Endowment of the Arts (plus other

sources) has now been received for both Salem and Beverly (via Monserrat college of Art) for implementing such plans immediately.

      The following are a collection of Internet links that are now being assembled for local dissemination in Newburyport to serve as a precedent to a foundation and blueprint to draft a formal proposal for the Inn Street Artisan Market and Merchant Community Garden Project in Newburyport.

      If you have any interest in this project please forward the information to pertinent sources or contact one of the listed sources for informational exchange or direct personal participation in one of the upcoming meetings and or presentations that are currently being planned regarding this project.

For full articles please click on the following links;

Art Throb's August Publication;

MUST READ!!!

Salem Urban Renewal;

Project slated for 2013 completion including major art plan implementation to downtown and pedestrian walkway.

http://issuu.com/north_shore_art_throb/docs/39480_august/1?zoomed=&zoomPercent=&zoomX=&zoomY=&noteText=&noteX=&noteY=&viewMode=magazine

Salem News;

http://www.salemnews.com/local/x1720494668/More-public-art-coming-to-Salem-thanks-to-grant

Montserart and Beverly receive funds for similar projects;

http://www.salemnews.com/local/x1301511631/Beverly-Montserrat-chosen-for-75K-grant

http://www.salemnews.com/local/x1301511631/Beverly-Montserrat-chosen-for-75K-grant/print

http://www.montserrat.edu/blog/tag/grant/

Greater Newburyport receives $20K in Cultural Council grants

http://www.wickedlocal.com/newburyport/newsnow/x346785403/Greater-Newburyport-receives-20K-in-Cultural-Council-grants#axzz2AXyiW9mQ

Major Elements of the Artisan Market and Merchant Community Garden

The outline consists of three main elements evolving around a pushcart artisan market, a merchant community garden, and a performing art stage, with the main components dispersed around the Inn Street Courtyard. (The proposed vision would be similar to a cross between a small scale Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston and a Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls.)

 

Please see pictures of the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts here;

http://littlebangtheory.wordpress.com/2007/09/23/a-bridge/

Inn Street Artisan Market

The heart of the artisan market would consist of a set of push-carts for artisans and crafts vendors available to the local region by expanding the current limit of three reserved licenses to eight or more creating a small scale outdoor market setting. (This could be expanded on an experimental basis). This would allow five additional pushcarts to be strategically placed within the confines of the proposed Inn Street pedestrian courtyard (Very similar to artist row of Salem and part of the master art plan for the Salem urban renewal project). The carts can all be designed to establish continuity that would best represent the ambiance and character of the environment. The licensing fees could be increased to serve as a major financial windfall to the city and maintenance upgrade to the area. The location and setting would serve as prime retail for the artisan and craft market to draw the best talent in the area and serve as a destination point for downtown Newburyport.

The logistics of how such a market could be conducted can be evaluated once the vision and plan is accepted for study and implementation.

Incorporation of surrounding retail outlets ‘TO the market’ would be an important contribution and element ‘OF the market’. Because of the unique layout and structure of the back exits of State Street Retail, these establishments could utilize the now UNDERUTILIZED and POSTER COVERED back entrances AND WINDOWS that empty out on the Inn Street courtyard. By granting licenses for the retail stores to set up tables and tents on the back entrances would enhance not only their exposure and sales but to the festive environment of the market to serve hand in hand. Bottom level Inn Street Courtyard business’ would also serve, compliment, and benefit from the expanded licenses and market courtyard. Local alleyways connecting Inn Street and State Street can also be presentational and artistically enhanced to serve as major pedestrian walkways connecting State and Inn Streets.

Merchant Community Garden

The Inn Street Artisan Market Proposal allows Newburyport the opportunity to not only incorporate the pedestrian walkway master art plans and design implementations that other cities have developed, but to enhance the movement one step further, by designing and incorporating a Merchant Sponsored Community Garden based on the principles of Permaculture. This principle of gardening and greening of Inn Street will serve perfectly as a palette and backdrop for such alternative landscape designs that are created and designed to be implemented into small-scale urban areas. By taking advantage of the layout, the area can be transformed into a garden like recreational area, designed to provide additional benches for sitting, creating a relaxed atmosphere within the market area itself.

Avoiding major re-construction cost, increasing a financial contribution, enhancing the area to better serve as a recreational space, implementing, and demonstrating the vital link between local sustainable ecology and economy, this vision of the Inn Street Artisan market has an opportunity to serve, expand and demonstrate as an alternative educational model for future movements to other urban city settings dedicated to a regional movement of sustainable communities invested in the arts, a local economy and cultural engagement .

What is a Perma-Garden?

Permaculture is revolution disguised as organic gardening.”- Graham Bell, from Permaculture – A Beginner’s Guide

"Permaculture is not organic gardening, and I am not a gardener. What I am is a permaculture practitioner who uses organic gardening, and many other tools, to design systems that work to water, feed, warm, house, and provide community, not to mention: make a garden."

So if permaculture isn’t just gardening, then what is it?

Permaculture is not the rain that falls, nor the roof that collects it or the catchment systems that stores it. Permaculture design is the relationship between these things. Permaculture is the match maker, creating passionate love affairs between rain and plants, humans and animals, and ultimately achieving systems that produce enough natural resources to provide for their own maintenance and reproduction.

 

 

Vital Link between Ecology and Economics

Ecological And Economic Reality — The Relationship Between Ecology And Economics http://www.countercurrents.org/clugston230811.htm

Sustainable Economics

http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/edumat/sustecon/lessons/lesson1.html

 

Performing Arts Stage

 The third component of the Artisan Market proposal includes a small-scaled ‘Inn Street Stage’ in the area that currently hosts performing art events during Yankee Homecoming festivities. This stage can be used to offer musical entertainment of local musicians, poetry recitals, readings, and theater performances on a co-ordinate schedule. The placement of the stage as well as the artisan pushcarts could be done in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce events during festivals and other organized events to include the market and contribute to entertainment and organizational venues.

 

Exhibits and Presentations for the Inn Street Artisan Market;

By Jon-William Brown, proprietor and operator of the Inn Street Kiosk for the Spirit of Newburyport.

Public presentations of the Inn Street Market and Merchant Community Garden proposal and diorama (scaled 3-d Model) depicting the Inn Street 'Burning Tea' Artisans Market and Garden concept in Newburyport are currently being planned for the Newburyport Public Library.

 

 

Proposal Notes to be expanded on;

Inn Street ('Burning Tea' (Historical reference to the ‘reek of the burning teas’ in Market Square) Artisan Market and Perma Gardens)

* Utilization of Catwalk and Brick area for perma-cultured based flower, herb, medicinal and edible gardens, sponsored by local community and merchant participation.

* Creating and demonstrating VITAL ecological and economic community oriented re-vitalization and destination point for downtown Newburyport.

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*Inn Street Artisan Market 
and Merchant Community Garden Proposal

Below is a video of a 64th scale diorama model 
created by Joe Cmar as a 'Thanksgiving Gift' 
for the Spirit of Newburyport. 
Model is being used to depict and envision 
an Inn Street Artisan Market 
and Merchant Community Garden.